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Vintage Slip 2

Now onto testing the second pattern in my slip project. Butterick 5805.  I can't find a year on this pattern, but Wiki vintage patterns dates it as 1951.

This pattern has some unusual seam lines.

Now don't be put off by my fabric selection.  Slips take a lot of fabric because they are cut on the bias.  I dug out some scraps of lightweight cotton to make this up.

In this photo, the centre front panel is collapsing.  I think that this is partly because the red and blue fabrics are lighter than the green and yellow fabrics.  I am thinking that this centre panel could even be cut on the straight grain next time.  I shortened the pattern considerably; the original is mid-calf length.

The interesting panel seaming continues on the back.



These side views shows that the zig-zag seaming under the bust continues around the side.

The side profile shows that the pattern has quite a pointy bust.  Many fashion illustrations of the forties feature this pointy bust, but I had always thought that it was an illustration fashion and did not realise that the clothing was actually shaped this way.  The area above and below the bust point here are hollow...it only holds it shape because of the crispness of the fabric.  Perhaps a bustier woman than myself would fill it out.

So what do I think of this pattern?  I love the zig-zag seaming.  I'm pretty happy with the amount of flare in the skirt.  I would need to re-draft the bust cups.

12 comments:

  1. I like the zigzag seaming and the amount of flare too. It's interesting that the area above and below the bust point are empty - I'm sure Madonna's cone bustier was empty too, so you wouldn't be the first. Looks like a great scrap buster and a lovely cool nightie for the increasingly warm nights. Man, it's getting hot!

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  2. I love the interesting cut. I am enjoying your forays into slip making. It seems so luxurious somehow. Pointy cups eh? Perhaps a slip Madonna would enjoy.

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  3. I love the seaming. Very feminine. I'm loving your slip series too.

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  4. I wish I had this pattern! The style is very up-to-date and feminine!

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  5. I know it's just a test run, but I like all the mismatched fabric! I made a blouse from a 50's pattern and it had the same pointy, high bust. I had to lower the bust point almost and inch and half.

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  6. I love it -even with the crazy fabric

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  7. The seaming is really interesting. I am strongly tempted to look for vintage slip patterns all of a sudden.

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  8. I'm sure I would never have given a vintage slip pattern a second glance, but this one does have such interesting seaming.

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  9. Beautiful pattern! I really wish I owned this, the seam lines are incredible! I can't wait for you to make this up in fashion fabric!

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  10. I expect the pointy cups are to accommodate the pointy bras they wore? It's a neat pattern though!

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  12. Wow, I love the pattern dis-match. I love how even though it was a muslin, it seems you put some thought into which fabrics went where. Hopefully, you will wear this out as a summer dress. Only you would know it's an undergarment.

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